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The Duality of Scarlett O’Hara

Artsy Editorial
May 13, 2013 1:47PM
Untitled, 1993
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

After Kara Walker put down the classic novel Gone with the Wind—the wildly romantic, idyllic tale of the Southern Belle heroine, Scarlett O’Hara—she picked up her paintbrush with surprisingly mixed emotion. “A lot of my work has been about the unexpected,” she said. “Kind of wanting to be the heroine and yet wanting to kill the heroine at the same time. And that kind of dilemma—that push and pull—is the underlying turbulence that I bring to each of the pieces that I make.”

Note: Be sure to click through all six frames of the work.

On view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, Frieze NY - Booth C14, May 9th – 13th.

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